THEY WERE SILENT FOR 33 YEARS
33 years of harsh weather conditions and radiation, 33 years of silence, 33 years of hopeless expectation of human touch. PRIPYAT Pianos is a sound museum, created 33 years after a massive man-made disaster that has affected hundreds of thousands of lives. This is the mark of the elapsed time.
RADIOACTIVE PIANOS FROM THE CHERNOBYL EXCLUSION ZONE
For seven years our team has made more than 25 trips to the city of Pripyat for detailed collection of audio materials. We’ve found and recorded 20 instruments in various parts of Pripyat that are of different levels of preservation and functionality. This amount of instruments was necessary to create a tool suitable not only for sound design, but also for writing compositions. Our goal was to create a virtual instrument which will show the nature of the degradation of instruments under the effects of harsh weather conditions and radiation, yet which also would have the most pure sound. All the pianos we could find participated in the creation of the final sound.
AN APARTMENT IN PRIPYAT OR A NUCLEAR REACTOR CHAMBER?
One of the important features of PRIPYAT Pianos is the Impulse Responses collection for Convolution Reverb, recorded in well-known and not-so-known Pripyat sites, including the territory of the tragically known Chernobyl NPP. A series of rooms and open spaces from Pripyat are at your disposal. Some presets are more invisible and will give a light shade to the sound of the instrument, and others will convey the scale of city structures or internal structures of the 5th power unit of the ChNPP.
FROM 1986 TO 2019
Age Knob – a slider that changes the instrument’s behavior depending on the years of degradation from 1986 to 2019. The regulator allows you to hear almost untouched sound of notes from 1986. You can add special, lively notes, creating a unique sound with small age changes from 1986 and up, or a radical change installing 2019, which represents the current sound of the instruments at the moment. The sound of 1986 was created using the most suitable pianos and their keys. However, even they have string artifacts that we decided to leave to preserve authenticity.
BEAUTIFUL AND SIMPLE INTERFACE
Each of the 23 presets is supplemented with a photo of the place where the Impulse-Response was recorded, a brief description and the current level of gamma radiation in that particular location. Simply select the place you like from the drop-down list, touch the keys and feel the atmosphere of the Dead City. The main elements of control are the distance to the instrument, the ability to shorten the start of samples, adjusting the opening of the instrument lid, the convolution reverb control, as well as more detailed elements in the form of overtones, keystrokes, sustain pedal mechanism, dampers and the layer of sympathetic resonance, which was collected from 20 recorded pianos.
WE SHORTENED OUR LIVES
At the end of each trip, shoes and clothes were thrown away or thoroughly washed out taking into account the radiation contamination of the soil, asphalt and dust particles in the air. Unfortunately, as you know, radiation accumulates in the human body, summing up to the dose that has already been received and will not be removed from the body throughout life, some isotopes will be active for thousands of years, i.e. much later than our death. We shortened our lives to create a truly unique instrument.
“I have recently wrote music using the PRIPYAT Pianos library, and I find it extremely impressive. The samples are very unique and powerful. I can use it for so many projects that required this kind of eerie and disturbing ambiance. The Kontakt instrument is very easy to manipulate and enhance. The pre made patches are very interesting and inspiring. I HIGHLY recommend this library! ”
Inon ZurComposer of many well-known video games like the Fallout series, the Dragon Age series, The Prince of Persia series and many other AAA video games.
“The tone is really really good, very unique but also very rich. You did a great job capturing the samples. The idea of using convolution reverb as a basis for new and interesting presets is executed very well here. A lot of other convolution verb libraries don't do a good job with this, you do. The UI is awesome, particularly the bottom part, very clear, but also very unique controls.”
Gareth CokerOri and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Minecraft, Primal Carnage
“I found myself needing a piano that was clear enough to get a soft emotion across, but at the same time able to be mangled beyond recognition... all within in the same cue. With PRIPYAT Pianos, I found exactly that. It’s now going to be a regular part of my arsenal.”
Chris DudleyKeys/Electronics in Underoath @Underoathband, Composer for Film and Media.
“Amazing job on the samples and the details. You don't hear any of those interesting effects with the other sampled perfect pianos. The back-story is very moving. What an amazing accomplishment. Congratulations.”
Woody Piano ShackA professional musician based in Stockholm. Run the YouTube channel Woody Piano Shack about piano, synthesizers and music technology.
“I actually feel like this is something that should be part of a historical society or library as a treasure of the past.”
Brian BrylowEditor @ SampleLibraryReview.com / Composer / Musician / Freelance Writer / GRAMMY Voting Member / Musicologist
“It's like when you pick up a guitar owned by a rock legend, just by virtue of its past, it will alter the way you play it.”
“You've captured an amazing composite slice of history with PRIPYAT Pianos. It's the true culmination of my obsession with Ryuichi Sakamoto's water-damaged piano and Tarkovsky/Strugatsky Bros.' Stalker. I've already been using it on multiple projects and enjoying all the nuances — I especially enjoy the "time travel" control to detune it, the unique convolution atmospheres you've captured and how incredibly gritty the pedal and key noise can sound. A remarkable standout in a crowded field of piano virtual instruments!”
TorleyCreator of "sonic science fiction", sound designer for Sansar
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Starring Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson, Chernobyl dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident — one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history — and the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.
Following the success of the Sky Atlantic drama series, this special documentary heads to Ukraine to meet some of the people involved in dealing with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.
PRIPYAT Pianos is used as a soundtrack for this documentary.
VERITASIUM YOUTUBE CHANNEL
This is what a nuclear disaster area looks like. 50,000 people used to live here, now its a ghost town.
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